Narrator Laurel Lefkow brings a calm and dignified tone to Edith Wharton's high-society classic. It's a novel full of wry comic observations on the social restraints that bind the upper echelon of New York City society, especially its female members. Lefkow contributes a fitting sense of intelligent restraint without sacrificing the warmth and versatility necessary to keep the listener engaged and entertained. Wharton's strongest asset is her sparkling wit, which proves consistently ironic and fatalistic, and Lefkow seldom misses a beat, ensuring that a character's twinkling eye or raised eyebrow is available to the attentive listener. Though her character range is understated, a shortcoming noticeable only in scenes with multiple characters, Lefkow's sensitivity to character gives a constant lift to an insightful classic. Z.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2018]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781843799788 $59.98 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9781843799795 $39.00
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